Stop Hiding From Your Fears

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first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now There’s work you need to do that makes you uncomfortable. You aren’t confident, and you’re not sure you can get the outcome you need. But hiding from work that makes you uncomfortable only ensures that you don’t get the outcome you need.You have a major problem with a major client. If it isn’t corrected—and fast—it will jeopardize your relationship. It’s likely you’ll lose the client. Hiding from the problem only increases the likelihood you lose your client. It does nothing to help you or your client.You need to do you prospecting work. You especially need to make phone calls. But you have other work that you can do instead, and that work will give you cover should inquiring minds ask. But hiding from your prospecting work only steals your time and increases the odds of you missing your number.Turn and Face Your FearThe reason you hide from your challenges and your obstacles is pure, unadulterated fear. You’re afraid of feeling some level of discomfort, some level of pain. It’s fear that prevents you from taking action, and it’s that fear you must face.If you don’t face your fears, you’ll never conquer them. You’ll never get past the fear. And the longer you go without facing it, the more deeply the fear is ingrained in you. You can never produce the results of which you are truly capable without eliminating the fear.More still, if you never face your fear, you never fail in the right way. It’s not great that you fail by not getting the outcome you need, losing your client, or not making your number, but those failures aren’t the kind of failures you need to grow.To grow, you need to fail in an attempt to get the outcome you are afraid to try for. To get bigger you have to handle the nasty, potentially client-losing issue. Failing in an attempt to deal with your fears and challenges does two things for you: it eliminates the fear, and you it teaches you how you might do better. You learn from successes when you succeed in spite of your fears. And your failures teach you what doesn’t work, so you can do better on your next effort.The Last WordIf you are going to grow, if you are going to improve your performance, you can’t do so while hiding from the activities that you fear.QuestionsWhat activities do you fear?What activities do you hide from that, if faced, would help you grow and improve your performance?How would taking action help you to overcome your fear?last_img

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first_imgCote d’Ivoire was the first neighboring country to close its border to Liberia and halt movements of people, ships and flights. The Foreign Ministry stressed that the current Ebola outbreak is not only a problem for Liberia and other worst-hit countries: “It is also a test of human solidarity amidst human adversity”.      The Ministry, meanwhile paid tribute to the many countries, whether big or small, that have rendered exemplary assistance and empathy to Liberia since the outset of the Ebola epidemic in the country, adding that those countries deserve tremendous credit for the progress Liberia is beginning to register in its fight against Ebola. These measures, the Statement noted, are inconsistent with advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and other experts. The Liberian Government, the Statement noted, has protested against these unnecessary restrictions and stigmatization through a variety of channels, including direct diplomatic contacts to the countries involved and advocacy at multilateral fora, including the AU and the United Nations.  The Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has reiterated its concern over the manner in which Liberian citizens are being stigmatized due to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the country. The Statement particularly hailed the Government and people of Cote d’Ivoire for the resumption of flights by its national carrier, Air Cote d’Ivoire, to Liberia and other Ebola affected countries: “We hope that others will soon follow suit in line with commitments made over a month ago.” “Blanket visa suspensions and other extremely harsh actions do not necessarily isolate Ebola; they only isolate countries affected by Ebola; and by so doing, they do not only undermine the ability of affected countries to effectively and expeditiously fight the disease but also compound the long-term socio-economic impacts of the Ebola crisis”, the statement said. Minister Ngafuan termed this situation as the height of unfairness and blanket stigmatization attitudes by some countries to treat every Liberian who constitutes a part of the country’s 4 million population as though he or she is an Ebola carrier because over 6,000 persons have been infected with the virus in Liberia since March 2014. The statement also noted that countries perpetrating these harsh measures do not take into consideration such particularities as to whether or not the Liberian passport holder had in fact been in Liberia over the past one month or so or whether or not the passport holder had come in close contact with any infected person. The Ministry asserted that the Liberian Government does not contest the right of any Government to protect, first and foremost, the interest and well-being of its own citizens and residents; but strongly urges leaders of the world – heads of state and government, parliamentarians, ministers, etc., to take measures that achieve the double objective of protecting their own citizens and at the same time assisting countries battling with Ebola to quickly contain the disease.  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs asserted that these harsh measures also run counter to the September 18, 2014 UN Security Council Resolution 2177, sponsored by over 130 countries, and the decision of the Extraordinary Meeting of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) held on September 8, 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Foreign Ministry, as a way of averting and promptly responding to travel and other complications that may be experienced by Liberians due to stigmatization, disclosed a series of local and international phone numbers, and email addresses as well as the Ministry’s FaceBook address. Foreign Minister Ngafuan noted that citizens and residents of Ebola affected countries have already been victimized by the deadly virus and that it is unfair and unconscionable for them to be doubly victimized by actions that are not necessarily aimed at attacking the disease, but rather attacking the fact that they hold a particular type of passport.  The Foreign Ministry further narrated that in order to forestall such difficulties, it advises officials of government and ordinary Liberian citizens, to the extent they feel comfortable to do so, to apprize the Ministry via email of their travel itineraries at least two days before their date of travel out of Liberia: “This will enable the Ministry to contact the Liberian mission(s) accredited to the country (ies) of travel to take proactive actions and be on the alert to assist whenever travel complications arise.” The Foreign Minister referenced the ordeal of a young Liberian lady named A. Boffah Kollie, who was denied entry at the airport of a country (name withheld) in which she had gone to begin graduate studies in Medicine.  This, said the Minister, is just one of many heart-rending stories that the Foreign Ministry receives daily.  Of recent, Morocco has expressed skepticism about hosting the African Cup of Nations in Rabat fearing that people from Ebola-affected countries may spread the disease in that north African country. The contact channels will afford Liberians facing these stigmatizing circumstances the opportunity to alert the Ministry of the specifics of their case: “While we cannot guarantee that acceptable redress will be found in every case, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assures the general Liberian public that it will exhaust all available diplomatic options to bring relief to Liberians or groups of Liberians facing such embarrassment.” The Ministry then disclosed that in order to improve the safety of travel and enhance confidence internationally, the Government of Liberia, with capacity support from partners including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been implementing robust and strict exit and entry screening procedures at all our air, land and sea ports.CONTACT DETAILSDirect Contact to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia:CELL NO: +231 770 262 756 and + 231 886 002 728Email: foreignaffairslib1847@yahoo.comFacebook: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of LiberiaLiberians may choose to also contact the following hotlines at the following Liberian missions abroad:United States of America:Hotlines:+1 646-287-9755 and +1240-396-7246United Kingdom (UK):Hotlines:+44-7459704031 and +44-7438516153Belgium:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) “While we appreciate the assistance from governments and other partners from across the world in our fight against Ebola, it should be noted that no amount of external assistance can be more appreciated by the Liberian people in these trying times than to be treated with respect and dignity.” South Africa was the second to announce stopping its citizens from entering Liberia and Liberians from entering South Africa. A Foreign Ministry press statement read, by Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan at the daily news briefing of the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism (MICAT) last Wednesday, expressed deep concern over a rising trend of measures and reactions on the part of some members of the global community that can only be described as disproportionate and panic-driven. Also citing another reference to the UN, the Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the UN Security Council, in its unanimous Resolution 2177 “expressed concern about the detrimental effect of the isolation of the affected countries as a result of trade and travel restrictions imposed on the affected countries”, and called on “Member States, including of the region, to lift general travel and border restrictions, imposed as a result of the Ebola outbreak, that contribute to the further isolation of the affected countries”.last_img

Kwakwani man dies after lorry topples

first_imgA Kwakwani, Berbice resident was on Friday evening killed after losing control of the vehicle he was driving along the 14 Miles Potaro Road, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni). Dead is 30-year-old Kevon Sauers of Kwakwani River Front, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Reports are at about 21:00h on the day in question, Sauers was driving motor lorry GSS 6366 with a trailer bearing registration number TRR 5291 and in the vicinity of 14 Miles Potaro, when the vehicle encountered mechanical problems while descending a hill.It was at this time, the driver lost control of the vehicle causing it to topple several times before coming to a halt. Sauers was reportedly pinned and died on the spot.The porter, Clifton Charles Rodrigues, who was with the now dead man at the time escaped with injuries.Sauers’ body was removed after persons cut through the wreckage. He was taken to the Mahdia Hospital Mortuary. A team of Police Officers has travelled to the scene as investigations continue.Only last week, the Police stated that at the end of January 2018, the Force record a 20 per cent increase in road accidents but a 14 per cent decline in road fatalities when compared to the same period last year.Up to the end of January, six persons have lost their lives. The Police also reported that serious, minor and damage accidents have declined by 17 per cent, 15.3 per cent and 13 per cent respectively.Speeding and drunk driving, coupled with speeding and pedestrians crossing in the path of approaching vehicles, were the main causes of the fatal accidents reports for the first month of the year.last_img

Minibus driver arraigned for Ogle fatal accident

first_imgThe driver of the motor vehicle that was involved in the fatal accident on Saturday evening at Ogle Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was slapped with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, and on Tuesday appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.Umesh Boodram, of Lot 20 Campbellville, Georgetown, stood before MagistrateDead: Rameshwar SinghZamina Ally-Seepaul and was not allowed to plead to the indictable offence.The charge stated that on December 9, 2018 on the Ogle Access Road, ECD, he drove dangerously causing the death of 18-year-old Rameshwar Singh, called “Alvin”, and 20-year-old Jason Harris, both of Cummings Lodge.However, Boodram was granted bail in the sum of $600,000. He was ordered to make his next court appearance on January 16, 2019.The young men were struck down while returning home from a nearby service station.As initially reported, the driver was reportedly proceeding along the roadway when he attempted to make a right turn when the motorcycle that was controlled by Harris collided with his vehicle.The impact reportedly threw Harris and Singh onto the roadway, where they sustained severe injuries.They were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where Singh wasDead: Jason Harrispronounced dead on arrival and Harris was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where he took his last breath on Sunday.A breathalyser test conducted on the driver of the motor pick-up showed no sign of alcohol in his system.last_img

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